EOC Update: Heather Lake wildfire

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Smoky Skies Bulletin

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) continues to be impacted by smoky skies and is expected to continue. The bulletin can be accessed online here. People with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure. 

It is important to stay mindful of the effects smoke can have and to take steps to help manage exposure. 

  • Stop or reduce activity level if breathing becomes difficult
  • Stay cool and drink fluids
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Smoke levels may be lower indoors 

The community of Eastgate remains on Evacuation Alert.
Click here to view the Evacuation Alert issued by the RDOS Emergency Operations Centre for Electoral Area H (Rural Princeton) on September 6, 2022. 

Residents and visitors are also reminded to stay clear of areas with active fires and to be extra cautious if needing to be in the backcountry. Recreational users should not be going into Evacuation Alert areas and areas where there are active fires. 

Important reminders:

  • Stay out of areas under Evacuation Order for your safety and the safety of crews
  • Please stay clear of BCWS camps to ensure privacy and avoid traffic issues or congestion
  • Check drivebc.ca for latest road updates including highway closures
  • Visitors should be mindful of BCWS operations, Evacuation Alerts and Orders 

BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is the lead agency for information about wildfires.
Please visit bcwildfire.ca  for current wildfire size, status and resources. 

Additional Resources: 

Voyent Alert! notifications
Click here to register for routine and emergency notifications via email, text, or telephone.
You can also find a link to Voyent Alert! on the RDOS website: www.rdos.bc.ca

For further information, please call the EOC at 250-490-4225. In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.




Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 


Sean Vaisler
EOC Director

Erick Thompson

Sara Foss


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